Graduate and Professional Programs

Grad Student C Bell in ArmeniaThe Anthropology Department at the University of Tulsa offers the M.A. degree in Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, as well as the Ph.D. in Archaeology.  Our program prepares students for professional careers in a variety of fields. Our graduate curriculum emphasizes relations among humans, cultural institutions, and the bio-physical environment.  We approach this subject from a wide range of theoretical approaches, using various methodologies that are derived from evolutionary and ecological theory and empirical methodology.  Specific areas of emphasis include anthropogenic effects on the environment, modeling human-environmental interactions, and body/mind connections in contemporary health and religious practices. Our program builds a foundation for the application of anthropological theory and method to a variety of real world problems and ensures that all students learn strong basic research skills. The hallmark of our department is the individual relationships between students and faculty and the engagement of all students in cutting edge research. We offer state-of-the-art labs, which allow us to combine experimental archaeological analyses with extensive fieldwork worldwide. Suitable Ph.D. candidates are provided full tuition and a stipend for 3 years; support is also available for students pursuing a Master’s Degree.

The University of Tulsa Anthropology graduate program offers several areas of notable strength:

Culture, Behavior and Health. Many of our faculty currently conduct research into relationships among culture, behavior and health.  Our program provides unique opportunities for students to pursue interests in pre-med or other health allied studies gaining an integrated perspective on biological, social, and environmental factors that are closely related to individual and global health, leading to graduate work in medicine and the health sciences.

Evolutionary Ecological Archaeology. We invite students to work alongside our faculty to apply evolutionary and ecological theory to an understanding of the varied ways that humans adapt to their environments, particularly during periods of environmental and social change throughout human evolution. Our faculty members are especially interested in interpreting material culture and its development over time and how this reflects on the evolution of human cognition.

Historical Anthropology. The University of Tulsa operates the Gilcrease Museum, the world’s foremost museum focusing on the art and ethnology of the American West.  Faculty in the Department of Anthropology and at the Gilcrease welcome students with research interests in indigenous cultural identity, ethnohistory, historical anthropology, historical archaeology, gender, and women's rights.

Professors in the department have active research programs across the world, including Oceania, Mexico, Jordan, Israel, Armenia, and Scandinavia. Faculty also offer students training in the native cultures of the American Southeast and Southwest. 

For additional Admission and Financial Aid information visit the University of Tulsa Graduate School.